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Center to be established for cyber-security

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(IDG) -- U.S. IT industry representatives will announce the creation of the long-awaited Information Technology Information Sharing and Analysis Center (IT-ISAC) in Washington Tuesday.

The group will share information on computer security threats, according to a statement from Internet Security Systems Inc. (ISS), which said it has been selected to maintain the center.

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The project can trace its origins back to May 1998, when U.S. President Bill Clinton instructed government agencies to form alliances with various industries to create Information Sharing and Analysis Centers (ISACs) to share information about threats to, and vulnerabilities of, each industry sector.

Following a spate of high-profile denial of service attacks on Internet companies last February, industry representatives promised "more cooperation" and the creation of an ISAC for the IT industry. Tuesday's announcement will see the fulfilment of those promises.

According to ISS, board members of the IT-ISAC will include U.S. Secretary of Commerce Norman Y. Mineta; Harris N. Miller, president of the Information Technology Association of America; Richard A. Clarke, national coordinator for security, infrastructure protection and counter-terrorism; Gregory L. Rohde, assistant secretary of commerce for communications and information; Gregory Akers, vice president of worldwide tech support at Cisco Systems Inc.; Guy Copeland, vice president for information infrastructure advisory programs at Computer Sciences Corp.; Todd Gordon, vice president of business continuity and recovery services at IBM Corp.; Roberto Medrano, general manager of Hewlett-Packard Co.'s Internet security solutions division; Howard Schmidt, chief security officer at Microsoft Corp.; Mary Ann Davidson, director and security product manager for Oracle Corp., and Phillip Lacombe, president of Veridian Inc.'s information and infrastructure protection sector.




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